The Best Available Evidence
Our experience of the intangible can be unsettling: the experiences we fail to find words for; the questions we have, but find no answers to; the flickers of belief and disbelief that fall past the corners of our eyes. For Rebecca Marino and her work, the intangible is not only ethereal, it carries the propensity for wonderment and even humor.
Marino’s photographs of blurred UFOS, moonscapes, night time parking lots, and space age shrimp are a serious and a playfully, quizzical inquiry into what connections we can make from every day phenomenon and our desire to ask larger, cosmic, scientific questions.
Her most recent series, “The Best Available Evidence,” explores the problems of credibility and our subjective influences that results from our search for proof.
“Space Junk” takes a more direct, still-life approach to space themed arrangements—both to document space junk and also to humor a sense of whimsy. The photograph of shrimp suspended in front of futuristic metal background comes first to mind. The balance of this light-hearted delight taken in the arrangements are tendered with a cold, documentary need to record data, to search for meaning through observation and careful rendering.
Even in her older series, “Just A Few Light Minutes Away,” we can see Marino working through the connection that innate objects—mundane objects like books, a bedroom corner, a notebook—might have in composing a larger picture of the spiritual and a scientific understandings of the universe.
Rebecca Marino is an Austin-based visual artist whose work focuses on cosmic perspective. Her work has been featured in TX National, grayDUCK Gallery, Art Palace Gallery, and by the Humble Arts Foundation. She currently serves as the co-director and curator for Pump Project and is co-editor and co-founder of Conflict of Interest.